Alpha Redux

Author: Seven

Summary: Tidus is back! A story of beginning again…

Rating: R because I have a dirty mind (Yuna/Tidus luvins). Nothing too terribly explicit, but it's there. If you were born in a cave or not old enough to read this and may be offended, take your hand off the mouse, stand up slowly and RUN AWAY!

Disclaimer: FFX is not mine. If the characters were, that game would've been rated M. As it is, they belong to Square. Tidus and Yuna belong to each other. Tidus belongs to me when Yuna isn't looking.

Timeline: This story takes place about One Year after the defeat of Sin. X-2's events haven't started yet.

Author's notes: When I wrote this story, I had not played X-2. I couldn't resist looking at some of the screenshots, though. And I read the YRP bios. But I knew nothing of the plot. So this story and character development are from my imagination with a little help from the things I listed above. Also, I know that this is a very very popular theme in FFX fanfic, but I wanted to write my own and this story started out with just one idea and the second I wrote that idea down in the back of my notebook, it blew up into a story of some sort. (grin)  This is my first fic, so feedback and reviews (the good, the bad, and the ugly) welcome and loved!

WARNINGS: Okay, I am a romantic at heart. And I am woman. And I think in riddles. Lethal combo, I know. So there are sweet moments in here, but there's some brutal murder and gore too! Okay no there's not. But there are some physical altercations and lotsa angst, though. Just read!

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"I know it's crazy, but I still can feel your kiss…"

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Yuna was sitting on the bow of her Uncle's airship with Rikku and Paine when it happened.

The ship had been descending down to the coast of Besaid to drop her off for the night. After sphere hunting all day, Yuna was exhausted but pretty happy. She loved spending time with her cousin and friend, and that day was no different. Besides the wonderful company she kept, the actual sphere hunting was challenging both mentally and physically. The sense of accomplishment Yuna felt when they found a really good sphere was worth every minute.

"So do you think he's cute?" Rikku cooed, leaning back against the guardrail.

Yuna looked up from her seat, focusing on the conversation. She assumed her cousin was referring to one of the religious...enthusiasts…they had run into earlier from a group called the Alliance Ajito. Rikku thought he was a freak, but Paine seemed to show a genuine interest the young man himself. Well, in her own Paine way. What was his name…?

Paine crossed her arms, eyes narrowing. "No, I don't. He's blonde. Blondes are airheads." She reached out to tug one of Rikku's braids. "See?"

"Hey!" Rikku complained, pulling away. Yuna ducked her head a bit and covered her mouth, not quite hiding her chuckle. Paine leaned back, a smirk on her lips.

"Don't be jealous, Pain-ey," she chirped, flipping her hair and turning around to watch their descent. "Just because you can't be the great Rikku doesn't mean you should act like an angry shoopuf mother…Whoa!"

The surprise in her cousin's voice startled Yuna. She stood, rushing across the deck to lean over the rail next to a wide-eyed Rikku and Paine. The village children were running wildly about, flailing their arms and yelling up at them. The roar of the ship's engine was too loud for them to hear what the kids were saying. Dread spread through Yuna's stomach at the sight. What was wrong? Was Sin back?

She looked over at her friends, and knew the worried expressions on their faces mirrored hers.

"Rumo cred…" Paine mumbled.

As the ship settled in the shallow water close the shore, Yuna could finally make out what the kids were saying.

"Lady Yuna!"

"Lady Yuna! Tidus is back!"

"Wakka took him!"

"He's heeeere! "

Three words and she felt like her world was turning upside down again.

Tidus is back.

Three words, and she was running full speed down the beach. Her hair was in her eyes, and tears were streaming down her face. Her lungs were on fire and she had a side cramp. One of her boots was untied. She could hear her friends telling her to slow down and wait, but she couldn't stop. She just kept running. It didn't matter that it was all so unreal; that she hadn't seen him in nearly a year. All she could think about was laying her eyes on him…

When she burst through the door of the house, Lulu was waiting for her in the kitchen. Without a word, her friend smiled and pointed upstairs. Yuna took the steps two, maybe three at a time, and rounded the corner to Wakka and Lulu's room.

Tidus.

She stopped breathing.

There he was, lying in Wakka's bed, asleep. Unconscious? He looked just like he had on the last day she had seen him, over a year ago. His hair was wet, plastered to his forehead. He was covered in a large blanket, and she noticed his soaked boots lying by the side of the bed. Had he been immersed in water?

She felt numb, save the dreadful feeling in the pit of her stomach. This was impossible. "Is…what…how did he..." she stumbled over her words, eyes filling with tears again.

"He just sleepin, Yuna," Wakka soothed her softly, walking around the bed toward her. His large hand rubbed her shoulder gently. Its coolness was a stark contrast against her hot skin. "Don' worry, ya?"

She ignored him, instead focusing on the rise and fall of Tidus' chest. It was nearly sensory overload; the emotions and questions she had. She wanted to know how he got there, how he was alive, and if he even was alive. How was it possible to be happy, angry, sad, worried and relieved all at the same time? How was his being there possible? And why was he wet?

Lulu came in at that point, and stood next to Yuna. She spoke then.  "Some children found him, washed up on the shore."

Yuna gasped, wondering at that. At the whole thing.

"They came and got Wakka and me, and he carried him home." Yuna felt Lulu's comforting hand on the crown of her head. "Try and relax Yuna." she murmured, "Just sit with him and be. He's going to be fine."

Yuna nodded, slowly sitting on the bed. She dimly noticed that Wakka and Lulu had left the room. She began to study his sleeping face. His beautiful face. His well-shaped eyebrows...the freckles sprinkled on his nose…his mouth. That same mouth that always had a smirk to it, even now. Oh, how she'd missed his face. She wanted to reach out and touch him, to assure herself that he was real, but she was afraid that he might disappear under her fingers all over again. Terrified, even.

Again, her eyes filled with tears. The adrenaline was slowly draining from her, and she was more exhausted than before. But she couldn't leave his side. What if he woke up and she wasn't there? The moment she had been longing for was finally here, and she wasn't going to miss it for anything. Crawling up beside him in the bed, Yuna wrapped her arms around his body and drifted off to sleep.  He felt cold, even through the blankets, and she hugged him tightly, trying to warm him.

In what seemed like just a short time later, she was awakened by something moving under her. Yuna's eyes shot open, and she pushed herself above Tidus on one arm. Slightly embarrassed, she realized she must've fallen asleep and rolled on top of him. As she looked down at him, time stood still for Yuna as she watched his eyelashes flutter, and her heart nearly stopped beating at the sight of his gorgeous blue eyes….

She vaguely felt his hand clutch her shirt. "Yu-na..." he whispered, his voice cracking on the second syllable. He looked pained, like talking took great deal of effort.

She gasped as the smooth fabric of his blitz glove touched her face. Joy filled her at that moment, and they shared the first smile in an entire year…

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Rumo cred = holy shit in Al Bhed ;)

To be continued….